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Whole of J-K should be brought under AFSPA: Subramanian Swamy

SNS | New Delhi |

Member of the Parliament for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy demanded that the FIR filed against the Indian Army officer should be revoked and the whole of J-K should be brought under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).

“The FIR filed by J-K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti against the army officer should be revoked and the whole of J-K should be brought under AFSPA,” he told reporters.

Swamy was reacting to the attack on an army camp in Sunjuwan in Jammu early on Saturday, 10 February.

The BJP leader has been reiterating his demand for the quashing of the FIR against a Major-rank officer of the Indian Army. The FIR was filed against the Army following the Shopian firing incident which caused the death of two civilians.

“There is a worldwide propaganda that our army kills children. We must realise the consequence of allowing Mehbooba Mufti of filing this FIR” Swamy said.

Swamy has been trying to raise the issue in the Parliament. He also met President Ram Nath Kovind on the matter and also sought a clarification from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on whether she approved the filing of the FIR as has been claimed by J-K CM.

“The attack has been contained and the operation is still in progress,” an officer said.

On Saturday, the Sunjuwan Military Station came under attack from 4-5 terrorists. Soldiers at the camp noticed suspicious movement near the camp around 4.45 am.

Terrorists, believed to be from Jaish-e-Mohammed, entered the camp from the rear and targeted the family quarters of junior commissioned officers (JCO). They are holed up in one of the houses.

Initial reports said that two of the seven soldiers who were wounded succumbed to their injuries. The injured also includes the daughter of a junior army officer who had come to visit her father during school holidays.

Quick Response Teams (QRT) have cordoned off the area and isolated the terrorists, who are holed up in a few houses.

“In operation to evacuate families, so far one JCO has been martyred while six persons including three women and children have suffered injuries,” the Army said in a statement.

“The attack has now been contained. Most of the families have been evacuated from the junior commissioned officers (JCO) quarters where the terrorists had entered. Before the final assault on the terrorists we are making sure that no civilians are harmed in this operation,” the Army said.